Inspired vistas, intimate wineries, sun-kissed hills: this is California's celebrated Wine Country cycling landscape. The routes are ideal for biking no matter how hard or easy you want to go. On this trip, we explore valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of soaring redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating Pacific Coast
There are literally dozens of Wine Country bike tours in California to choose from, so what makes our Sonoma County biking tour different? Simply, we avoid the more famous and heavily traveled portions of the Wine Country and choose to ride in the quieter and more intimate areas in Sonoma County. And while many Wine Country bike tours are long on wineries and short on cycling, our tours always emphasize the rides. Each day we even include a "breakaway", a more challenging long ride option for up to 60 miles of cycling with some substantial climbing—enough riding to please any bicycling enthusiast.
The differences are clear from the very start. We stay beneath the redwoods in the tiny and quaint Russian River town of Monte Rio, located on the meandering Russian River, midway between the Sonoma County Wine Country and the California Coast. This location makes it an ideal base camp for both a Wine Country ride and a Pacific Coast ride. But tiny and quaint doesn't mean spartan; we stay and dine at the charming and inviting Village Inn, on the banks of the Russian River.
My hubby and I have just returned from our second UDC tour. We took the inaugural Ride Across California. Wow, wow and double wow is all I can say. Yes there were some mountains... but the scenery, the guides, the accommodation, the food, the fellow tourers - it was all amazing. We love the daily distances, the length of tour, the bikes. I'm already planning how we can tour again with UDC.
TripAdvisor June 2013